The CPTC 2022 Webinar Series is a series of online workshops offered roughly monthly throughout the year. A list of the workshops is below.
Local officials will learn why and how to prepare, adopt, and implement the master or comprehensive plan described in MGL Chapter 41, Section D. The session will identify the sections of a master/comprehensive plan and specific steps by which the plan will be carried out.
Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, and explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning.
The webinar will discuss the legislation’s mandate to create at least one district allowing multifamily development “as of right” in the 175 MBTA Communities which are identified in the statute. This session will provide an overview of the draft guidelines, Technical Assistance available to help communities comply with the requirements and details about how to provide comments. To read the draft guidelines, FAQs and other information check out the MBTA Communities web page.
The course will cover the issue of vested rights under zoning and subdivision law, why they exist, and how they affect the work of the Zoning Boards of Appeals and Planning Boards. Participants will learn what the Zoning Act says about vested rights and the way it occurs. This session will answer the question regarding whether nonconforming structures and uses can change and if so, how much. Finally, the course will address how judicial decisions shape the way provisions of the Zoning Act are interpreted today.